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Michael Idato is a Senior Writer based in Los Angeles for The Sydney Morning Herald.

Death toll climbs with 1000 still missing in California fires

Death toll climbs with 1000 still missing in California fires

Touring fire-affected areas, US President Donald Trump said people had to "see this to really understand" the scale of the devastation.

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Stan Lee's heroes, and their flaws, are part of the DNA of our culture

Stan Lee's heroes, and their flaws, are part of the DNA of our culture

To frame Stan Lee's legacy simply as one of costumed comic book heroes and their many shelves of spin-off toys is a dramatic oversimplification.

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More bodies found as California wildfire death toll climbs

More bodies found as California wildfire death toll climbs

Authorities have released a list of more than 130 people still missing, warning that the death toll will likely rise further.

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The obsession and endurance of Queen Victoria

The obsession and endurance of Queen Victoria

As the television series Victoria enters its third season, actor Jenna Coleman talks about discovering the unexplored side of the famous queen.

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'The new abnormal': California fires rage as dry winds menace
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'The new abnormal': California fires rage as dry winds menace

Devastating wildfires in California, which have now claimed 44 lives, are burning an area equivalent to almost half of Sydney's urban zone.

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Fire toll reaches grim record as firefighters battle wildfires and Trump's tweets

Fire toll reaches grim record as firefighters battle wildfires and Trump's tweets

At least 228 people were still missing as of early Monday in a California wildfire that has broken the record for the state's worst.

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Unearthly children: Writer, director lead Aussie Doctor Who invasion

Unearthly children: Writer, director lead Aussie Doctor Who invasion

Screenwriter Pete McTighe and director Jennifer Perrott have put an Australian stamp on Britain's most iconic TV show.

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California lashed by state's most deadly wildfires in a century

California lashed by state's most deadly wildfires in a century

Residents of the city of Thousand Oaks, devastated by a mass shooting last week, are among those evacuated by fire authorities.

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Sowing what you weep

Sowing what you weep

Is A Million Little Things a knock-off of This Is Us? Decades of prime time weepies says not quite.

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Jacki Weaver, Damon Herriman to star in new drama

Jacki Weaver, Damon Herriman to star in new drama

Plus, actress, writer, director and producer Leah Purcell will deliver the Hector Crawford Memorial Lecture at the Screen Forever conference.

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Networking: Ten's US boss expands portfolio; Watts to star in Thrones backstory

Plus, Australian actress Naomi Watts will star in the planned Game of Thrones prequel.

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